Charlotte of Savoy
|Charlotte of Savoy|
Portrait of Charlotte of Savoy, c. 1472
|Tenure||22 July 1461 – 30 August 1483|
|Died||1 December 1483 (aged 42)|
Notre-Dame de Cléry Basilica,
(m. 1451; died 1483)
Charlotte of Savoy (c. 1441/3 – 1 December 1483) was
She was a daughter of
On 11 March 1443, when Charlotte was just over a year old, she was betrothed to Frederick of Saxony (28 August 1439- 23 December 1451), eldest son of
Louis reportedly neglected her. When the news upon his succession to the throne of France reached the couple at the Burgundian court, he immediately abandoned her in Burgundy to secure his inheritance, leaving her dependent upon
On 22 July 1461, Charlotte became Queen of France. The following year, she became seriously ill and was close to death by August 1462. Although she recovered, her health was weakened.
Louis XI did not keep much of a representational court life. He had Queen Charlotte and her household kept secluded at the
Charlotte was regarded as virtuous. A contemporary noted that "while she was an excellent Princess in other respects, she was not a person in whom a man could take any great delight"; However, after the birth of her last child in 1472, Louis swore that he would no longer be unfaithful, and according to the chronicler Phillip de Commynes, he kept this vow.
Charlotte served as regent in September 1465.
Charlotte was widowed on August 30, 1483, upon which Louis XI was succeeded by their son Charles VIII, who was still a minor.
Louis XI did not make Charlotte regent if his son should succeed him while still a minor; he did in fact not formally appoint a regent at all, but he did leave instructions for a royal council to govern during such a minority, in which Charlotte, alongside Duke Jean de Bourbon II and their two sons-in-law Louis d'Orleans (married to their daughter Jeanne) and
Charlotte died on 1 December 1483 in